Brimming with enthusiasm and passion for his job, AlfredoRosas, chef-manager of Dupont Circle's ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, looks forward to work each day. What I do, it affects my life. I am really happy, he says. And a lot of people can't say that. Every morning I come in and it is an adventure every day.
A Peruvian native who arrived in this country nine years ago, Rosas thinks back to his early days in D.C., a time when he not only did not speak the language, but also could not find work. Of course, he was not trained to cook, having earned a degree in economics and having worked as an accountant in Peru.
Searching for work in the D.C. area, Rosas turned to the restaurant trade, and as luck would have it, he discovered the restaurant's sister company, Chipotle Mexican Grill. Much to his delight -- and relief -- he was offered a job there. I didn't speak much English at the time, he says. But they gave me the opportunity to start growing, and to learn English. I wasn't happy as an auditor, never satisfied.
If you go
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen
Where: 1516 Connecticut Ave. NW
Info: 202-232-4141; shophousekitchen.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily